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20 Feb. 2013 New research focuses on best practices for investing in alternatives [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new white paper from the Greenwich Roundtable outlines what they consider best practices for investing in hedge funds, and other alternative investments, along with some common mistakes to avoid. The research paper investigates how investors can avoid being victi
19 Feb. 2013 Hedge funds make strong gains in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: In January, stocks gained significant momentum, with the S&P 500 (5.18%) reaching a five-year high in the context of sharply decreasing implied volatility (VIX: 14.3%). High-grade bonds lost
19 Feb. 2013 Large speculators raised exposure as HF composite index achieved 0.50% to February 13th [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s weekly report on hedge funds found that long/short hedge funds aggressively bought market exposures to 29% last week, still below 35-40% benchmark. However, the firm writes, macros red
19 Feb. 2013 100WHF announces third year of CAIA Scholars Program [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - 100 Women in Hedge Funds is pleased to announce the third year of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds / CAIA Scholars program. The scholarship program, administered by the
19 Feb. 2013 Aquila launches Risk Parity Bond strategy as antidote to current fixed income uncertainties [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - At a time when the outlook for fixed income is so uncertain, Aquila Capital intends to launch a Risk Parity Bond strategy. This is the first strategy of its kind in the market. It is designed to provide fixed income investors with a truly diversified and liquid counterbal
19 Feb. 2013 Towers Watson survey: fund managers more optimistic on equities, not so on world growth and bonds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Fund managers have turned more optimistic about the prospects for equity returns while remaining negative on world growth and medium-term government bonds, according to a global survey of investment managers conducted by professional services firm Towers Watson. The surve
19 Feb. 2013 UCITS HFS Index starts 2013 with positive January return of 1.20% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS HFS Index reported the highest monthly gains since January 2012 and is up 1.20% for January 2013. The broad index started positive into the new year with a performance of 0.63% after the first days
19 Feb. 2013 Americans with money in pension fund are likely to have some in Cayman, so why all the fuss about Jack Lew’s investment? [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - Why are people still surprised that Americans including both Republicans and Democrats have money invested in Cayman investment funds, asks Cayman Finance. Especially since when it is certainly the case that a
18 Feb. 2013 Inflows to hedge funds positive for the fourth consecutive month - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Investor flows were positive in January, the fourth consecutive month where directionality reversed from the month prior, according to the latest hedge fund inflow data from eVestment. $9.4 billion of new capital was added, and total AUM increased $60bn to $2.660tn
18 Feb. 2013 Man Group to double executive committee in a high level management shuffle [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Emmanuel Roman, the incoming chief executive officer at the world’s largest listed hedge fund Man Group, is set to implement a high level management reshuffle and double the number of the executive committee, various media reported. In a
15 Feb. 2013 RBC Hedge 250 Index returned +1.62% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of January 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 1.62 per cent, which also represents the year-to-date return of the Index. This return is estimated and will be finalized by the middle of next month. The
15 Feb. 2013 Swiss Funds Association welcomes agreement on implementation of FATCA in Switzerland [more]
The agreement on the implementation of FATCA in Switzerland was signed today. The Swiss Funds Association SFA (SFA) welcomes the resultant increase in legal certainty, as well as the reduction in the workload entailed in implementation. FATCA entered into force in the US on 18 March 2010, its aim
14 Feb. 2013 Linedata acquires CapitalStream, adds to North American presence [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Linedata has agreed to acquire HCL Technologies' CapitalStream business and enter into a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies Ltd. The transaction is expected to close before the end of Q1 2013. Linedata is one of the leading providers of softwar
14 Feb. 2013 Barclay CTA Index up 1% in January, Diversified traders gain 1.64% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update — Managed futures gained 1.01% in January 2013 according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “CTAs got a boost this month from the ‘Abe trade’ (short the Japanese Yen and long the Nik
14 Feb. 2013 Campbell & Company: CTA performance historically invariant to direction of interest rates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – According to new research by Campbell & Company, the performance of commodity trading advisors (CTAs) has historically exhibited a distinctly different pattern than equities and fixed income in relation to the direction of interest rates. In a new white paper
14 Feb. 2013 AlphaMetrix adds Tudor Momentum Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – AlphaMetrix, The transparency provider in the alternative investment industry, today announced that Tudor Investment Corporation’s Tudor Momentum Fund has become a Manager TransparentFund. As a Manager TransparentFund, Tudor Momentum Fund is now visible to the A
14 Feb. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index up 2.62% in January; Capital Movement Index advances 1.50% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for January 2013 measured 2.62%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the
14 Feb. 2013 Hedge funds cash in on the yen, one of the trades of the decade [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: When Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came into office again (after a stint in 2006-7), he announced his plan to weaken the currency and boost the country’s economy. Mr Abe told a
14 Feb. 2013 Average hedge fund fee significantly lower than reported [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Dan Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners reports that hedge fund industry assets are up slightly from their peak in the third quarter of 2008 but the average fee paid on industry assets has declined much more
13 Feb. 2013 Barclay Hedge Fund Index gains 2.84% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 2.84% in January, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. “Fiscal cliff fears receded, European banks strengthened, China avoided a hard landing, Japan stimulated its economy, and global equities rallied,” says Sol W
13 Feb. 2013 January performance data Newedge Hedge Fund Indices [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today posted the monthly performance data for its suite of Hedge Fund Indices. The Newedge CTA Index’s top performers for the mont
13 Feb. 2013 59% of investors optimistic about global economy, says BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for February [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for February 2013, a net 59% of investors believe the global economy will strengthen in the year ahead, in line with the reading in January, which marked four consecutive months of rising sentiment. And 39%
13 Feb. 2013 Towers Watson data finds institutional investors prefer direct access into alternatives [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Professional services firm Towers Watson claims that institutional investors continue to diversify their investment portfolios into alternative assets, increasingly via direct funds rather than funds of funds.
13 Feb. 2013 Swiss institutions don’t like alternatives anymore and other Swiss news [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva - Swiss institutional investors don’t like alternatives anymore Apparently, institutional investors’ exposure to funds of hedge funds (FoHF) has decreased by half on average since the crisis. However, some pension funds did keep an importa
13 Feb. 2013 Blackstone hires Maniscalco to expand hedge fund business [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – One of the world’s largest investment and advisory firms Blackstone has hired Anthony Maniscalco to expand Blackstone Alternative Asset Management’s (BAAM) hedge fund business. In a
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